Simon Brown designs award-winning, New Zealand-made tonearms for record players. DR RICHARD VAREY is very taken with his latest.
PAT PILCHER is angry that – just out from an important election which will decide the immediate future for all of us – mass media is happily raking in the dollars while ignoring their civic duty to tell us the truth about policy.
GARY STEEL grew up in the punk era when everyone wanted to die but few did, and wants to know why suicide is suddenly at epidemic proportions amongst NZ youth.
Oppo has launched its premium ‘camera phone’ in NZ. GARY STEEL reports on the event, and the phone.
How low can free-to-air television go? PAT PILCHER rails about the pointlessness of yet more pretend-current affairs and poo stink commercials.
Watch out Apple and Samsung, Oppo is in the building, and is aggressively entering the NZ market with a premium device at a nice price. PAT PILCHER reviews its merits.
The Edifier speaker range gets boosted profile with a new NZ distributor.
Gary Steel is tired of NZ musicians making albums that are glorified calling cards rather than coherent musical statements.
Today, NZ’s ‘most acerbic music writer’ assesses a compilation tracing both the peaks and the lows of Ray Columbus in the ’60s.
It’s Gazza’s Big Ketchup, wherein GARY STEEL chips away at the massive review pile that accrued during 2016. Today, NZ’s ‘most acerbic music writer’ compares the claims of a press release with the reality of a band debut.
The idea? Every day in May, to mark NZ Music Month and 38 years of his own rancid opining and reportage, Gary Steel will present something from his considerable behind. Personal archive, that is. The following piece on Greg Malcolm was published in Metro in August 2000. I still love the album 16 years later.
Local guitarist has all the ingredients for a great debut, but it comes out of the pan deeply flawed.